After declining a $15 million option in October, the Tigers finalized Ordonez's $10 million, one-year deal Friday.
"I'm excited to be back in Detroit," Ordonez said during a conference call Friday. "I like the organization, my teammates, my owner and everything around the Detroit Tigers and I want to be comfortable. At this point of my career, I don't want to be bouncing around."
General manager Dave Dombrowski said from the start the team was open to bringing back Ordonez, but it didn't seem like much of a priority when the Tigers spent $66.5 million to add Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit, while also making sure Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta remained.
Ordonez, 36, hit .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 84 games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in July. He is expected to return to right field for the Tigers in 2011.
"This completes our everyday lineup and puts us in a good position going into next year," Dombrowski said. "I don't think we have a glaring need at this point, but you can always get better."
Ordonez has 289 career home runs in 14 seasons with the White Sox and Tigers.
Ordonez joins Jayson Werth and Carlos Pena on the list of Scott Boras clients who have signed free-agent deals this offseason. Several big-name Boras clients -- including Adrian Beltre, Rafael Soriano, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon -- remain unsigned.
"[Ordonez] let me know from the start that his primary objective was to return to the Tigers," Boras said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.